Crescenta Valley Park goes to the dogs -- officially

Crescenta Valley Park officially went to the dogs on Friday — or at least, 1.5 acres of it did.

La Crescenta leaders and Los Angeles County officials gathered at the park for a “leash cutting” ceremony for what is now the first county-owned and -operated off-leash dog park.

Situated in the northwest section of Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., the facility took more than five years of grassroots campaigning to get off the ground and bring to fruition. The project was championed by the group Community Volunteers for Dogs Off-Leash Gathering and Socializing.

The $645,000 park — paid for using Proposition A funds — includes sections for small and large dogs and features drinking fountains, a 6-foot-high fence and a hose-off area.

After county Supervisor Mike Antonovich and other leaders dedicated the park, the facility proved to be a hit with dog owners.

“I think it's awesome. It's just what we needed,” said La Crescenta resident Denise Neale, who added that she planned to go four times a week. “I love the freedom to let [my dog] roam free. It's perfect."

--Jason Wells, Times Community News

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